Sketchnote Army is dedicated to finding and showcasing sketchnotes and sketchnoters from around the world, started in November 2009.

Who is behind Sketchnote Army?

Mike Rohde, creator: Designer, author of The Sketchnote Handbook, illustrator and sketchnoter, living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Binaebi Akah, curator: UX Designer, sketchnoter, author, and lindy hopper, living in Columbus, Ohio.

How can I be showcased on Sketchnote Army?
Email a brief description and URL to your sketchnotes to us. It's as simple as that! We would love to feature your work.

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First Sketchnotes: Megan Ura

Here are Megan Ura's very first sketchnotes:

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What a fantastic job Megan!

I love the orange highlighter and the style of the women’s faces on this sketchnote. All of the drawings are great. I also love that Megan is already identifying what she likes and what she want to improve, which is key.

From her post:

The good:

  • I finished the end of the second page just as the talk ended. Nice timing!
  • I like the ratio of drawing to writing.
  • Coloring parts with highlighter is a nice touch.
  • It was fun! If you’ve never experienced what they call “flow,” this is the way to do it. It’s the same feeling I get when I work in my art journal: my mind, body and spirit are all working as one and time flies by.

The bad:

  • Would’ve liked more room on the end to better highlight Susan’s three takeaways.
  • Drawings of Susan came out sloppy, but as I practice more and am not so nervous, I’ll improve.
  • The pen and highlighter are really visible through the back of the page, rendering that side useless. I’m going to try switching to my Sakura Pigma Micron .01 pen but if that doesn’t work out either, a ballpoint pen.

Keep on going Megan, what a great start!


First Sketchnotes: Samantha Hosea

Here is a set of first sketchnotes from Samantha Hosea:

Samantha wrote me with a little more detail about her experience:

This morning I did a workshop on sketchnoting by @micheleidesmith at a conference in Cambridge (#uxcam). My relationship with sketchnoting has always been a bit... let's say... complicated. I've always WANTED to sketchnote, and I've tried a couple of times, but it always felt... not quite right. It kinda made me feel self-conscious in a way.

And then this workshop happened. Michele was really good at boosting my confidence. So after the workshop I kept trying, and created two realtime sketchnotes from talks at the conference. I must say, I'm quite proud of myself :)

What I learned: that it's all about confidence. If you feel you'll suck at it, it'll feel like your sketchnotes suck. If, however, you permit yourself the slight possibility that something quite good will come out of your pen, that possibility is actually there.

I probably have a lot to learn, but as from today on, I'll consider myself someone who enjoys sketchnoting instead of dreading the attempt of one.

Great job Samantha! Keep it up! :-)


100 Days of Sketchnoting - Mark Koekemoer @MarkKoeks

For 100 days, Mark Koekemoer in Cape Town, South Africa, is challenging himself to create 1 sketchnote a day. Using my book, The Sketchnote Handbook as a starting point, he's already rolling!

Mark is already progressing on his 100 Projects page — maybe even start your own 100 project?

Great work Mark!


Sketchnote Workbook Questionnaire

I'm writing The Sketchnote Workbook's table of contents right now, and I need your help. I want to hear how you use sketchnotes in your life.

I've created a form to learn directly from you how you use sketchnotes. This will help me as I develop the Workbook. Use the link below:

Fill out The Sketchnote Workbook Questionnaire

It shouldn't take more than a few minutes, but if you have a bunch of ideas, take as long as you want to enter your thoughts.

No guarantees, but don't be surprised if I ask you to be included in The Sketchnote Workbook!




Candy Chang TED Talk from Tyra van Mossevelde at @StudioMosgroen

Here's a fresh, approach to sketchnotes that I love, from Tyra van Mossevelde an infographic designer and sketchnoter from Utrecht, The Netherlands.

This sketchnote of a TED talk from Candy Chang is so beautifully minimal:


Here is an overview of Tyra's workflow for sketchnotes:


Finally, I adore this sketchnote travelogue from a trip Tyra took to La Palma!


Be sure to check out all of her sketchnotes.

Wonderful work Tyra! :-)